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Sweet Valley Confidential (Sweet Valley High) Paperback – 14 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099557738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099557739
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A huge treat. " -"Romantic Times"

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A huge treat. "Romantic Times"

Frothy fun. "Wall Street Journal"

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One of the most successful series of all time is back, and this time it's for adults

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Format: Paperback
Sweet Valley fans will either love this book or hate it - I personally enjoyed it for what it was, a bit of a catch up on the lives of the twins who I had read so much about in my own high school years. Everything in the good old days in Sweet Valley, California was so impossibly perfect, give or take a murder or two, perhaps an affair here and there - well, fans will get my drift.

I think 'so what' if there are inaccuracies, bearing in mind the original series was around 150 books (I got too old before reading them all so think I stopped at about 101), with numerous spin offs about various times in the twins lives. Given that they were written by ghost writers there are bound to be inconsistencies - even in the spin-offs there is a lot of inconsistency about the characters.

Personally I like the fact that their lives haven't turned out perfect, it makes the fiction so much more interesting. It does make you wonder, however, who the calm and reliable twin really was - perhaps their relationships with men was the main difference between them. My personal pet hate however was the outing of a couple of major characters - doesn't make sense except to add unnecessary diversity to Sweet Valley.

A bit of fluff, although not perfectly written, just go with it - it certainly kills a couple of spare hours anyway.
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I was a Huge Sweet Valley fan back in the day, I read all of the books including the spin off series' so imagine my delight when i discovered this, a new SV book after 8 long years! i read the reviews on here b4 i got the book so i was expecting some inaccuracies but i was shocked at how apallingly awful it was. Did Francine Pascal actually read any of the books b4 she wrote this one? it says at the beginning of the book she had researchers help her, well they didn't do a very good job, she should have let the fans do it, i for one would have volunteered my services for free!

Here are the errors/inconsistencies i spotted:

There were the obvious ones, Roger Collins' son was called Teddy not Sam and Lila's father was George Fowler not Richard!

. At Lila's party, Jeffrey French is there with his wife whose name Jessica can never remember but when he accompanies Lila to Jessica's wedding he has never been married! Did nobody proof read this book? Obviously not.

. Elizabeth claims she's never kissed Bruce while conscious but as i recall they had a fling in 'Almost Married'.

. Jessica says 'Caroline told everyone AJ Morgan touched my breast in 7th Grade' but how could he do that Jessica when if my memory serves me correctly he didnt move to SV until your junior year in 'Slam book fever'?

. AJ had short auburn hair, he never had long blond hair, dirty or otherwise.

. Jessica said she never liked Aaron but he was her BF back in 6th grade!

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When I heard that `Sweet Valley Confidential' was being written, although excited, I told myself that I wasn't going to read it as I didn't want to ruin a childhood memory. Well of course that didn't happen which is a shame as I wish that I really hadn't read it! Yes it is poorly written (the ghost writers should have written it!) and there are many technical inaccuracies but the worst part about reading the book was that it showed that Francine Pascal knows very little about the actual series, her characters or her fans.

Firstly, the Senior Year and SVU seems to have been forgotten completely (not a bad thing) but since they were written, don't they need to be mentioned? Secondly, the editorial is very sloppy; characters undergo name changes so that Mr Collins's son, formerly Teddy is now Sam and Lila's father, formerly George Fowler is now Richard Fowler. If I can remember that than shouldn't the creator of the series be able to do the same?

There are many inconsistencies in the characters too. For example, apparently Jessica never liked Cara, although they were really good friends during High School and Aaron Dallas and Jessica apparently have also always hated each other, although they dated during the `Twins' series.

However the worst part of this book is that the characters have lost all their charm. Yes they've grown up but does that mean they have too be shallow and stupid? Very little time is devoted to the old characters that you remember, Bruce, Lila, Ken etc and that's a shame because they were as much a part of SVH as the twins. It's also a same how some characters turn out especially characters that had formerly been such a big part of SVH and were popular characters (Winston or Enid anyone).
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Format: Hardcover
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How excited was I when I first learned of this book coming out? OVERJOYED!! The original Sweet Valley series (Sweet Valley Twins) was the very first series that I ever read. I truly believe that this series started my love of reading... the desire to get more information, read further. These two were my friends while I was moving all over the place through my tweens.

After reading a number of reviews from like-minded individuals; others who were excited to read the 'where are they now' novel, I was so worried about it. Let's just say, they weren't overly kind. However, I was pleasantly surprised and actually found myself enjoying the book.

Now, it wasn't perfect. Seeing Elizabeth, the perfect, do-no-wrong sister, in a completely different setting/light - in the fight of her life with her sister, Jessica; having moved across the country; and dealing with a break-up with her long-time boyfriend, Todd - I felt a little violated. Elizabeth doesn't swear; Elizabeth doesn't hate; Elizabeth doesn't drink, sleep around or even think of it. That's just not the 'down-home' girl that I grew up admiring. It was so strange. Jessica, yes; Elizabeth, NO WAY! But, that's who she was now and as I got into the heart of the matter, it made sense.

The back and forth between current and past (high school/college) was great. Having not read all of the Sweet Valley High books, it was nice to have the reminder of what was going on 'back in the day'. In fact, my favourite part of the book was the recap at the end... finding out where all the characters, that I knew and loved, were and how they were fairing in the current world.

One change that I would make, the pictures on the inside front & back of the book.
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